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Derek Weaver can't see his deranged stalker coming. He'd love to: getting assaulted, stabbed and spied on is taking its toll on his mind. But, Derek is incapable of recognizing the man tormenting him, or anyone else - not even his own face in the mirror. A brain injury left the young artist with face blindness, a rare condition that renders him unable to identify people byDerek Weaver can't see his deranged stalker coming. He'd love to: getting assaulted, stabbed and spied on is taking its toll on his mind. But, Derek is incapable of recognizing the man tormenting him, or anyone else - not even his own face in the mirror. A brain injury left the young artist with face blindness, a rare condition that renders him unable to identify people by their appearances.Anyone in Derek's world of strangers could be his stalker. In this mind-bending thriller, the talented painter is pushed to a tipping point as his reality unravels at the hands of a madman.The Blue is a gritty, cerebral suspense novel from Scott Kelly, author of the award-winning internet sensation "[SIC]"....

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ISBN : 17285862
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Number of Pages : 244 Pages
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the blue Reviews

  • Stacy
    2019-05-29 02:37

    Enjoyed this book! Short read, but definitely made you think the whole way through. Empathesized with the main character, but not sure if he was guilty or not. Ending surprised me. Still thinking through that. A lot of questions not answered at the end...but, isn't that life?

  • Christine D.
    2019-06-20 03:36

    I was eager to read Scott Kelly's latest release, The Blue. I was left stunned by [SIC], so I could not resist. Initially, I was worried that my expectations for the The Blue would be too high. Fortunately, Kelly proved me wrong and has now left me with the hard task of reviewing this book without sounding like a fanatic. I loved it. It comprised of a fast-paced plot that left me on the edge - the epitome of a thriller.Derek Weaver is your typical aspiring artist who seems to have no ambition in his life. Though he is what many would deem an insignificant slob, he is a very intriguing character. This can be attributed to all the conflicts he has to endure. He has to deal with face-blindness, heavy guilt, a stalker, alcoholism, an ex-wife, a lawsuit, and his overall failures in life. Sounds like an unlucky guy, eh? Thankfully, Kelly did not use Derek's woes to tug at my heart string. A lot of authors attempt to force you to feel sorry for a character to keep your attention. Kelly is a realist, he "ain't got no time for that". Instead, he presents the gritty truth, leaving the reader to neutrally decide how to react. Using this method is what makes books like The Blue a riveting philosophical read.Since this is a short book, I must say I was impressed with the characters in The Blue. They are not added merely as fillers or entertainers, rather each character is meticulously placed to accentuate the reflective nature of the novel. This is evident in the characterization of Derek's lawyer, Mr. Grayson and his doctor, Eli. These two characters offer their own beliefs of life which leaves room for pondering - something Kelly wants his readers to do. For instance, Mr. Grayson blatantly states his view of life to Derek. He declares: "...there's only one real force in this universe, and that's chaos...Anything can come and ruin your life's work. Life sucks like that, and people don't want to believe it." (Location 1831 of 4777) Not only do these characters portray their stance in their dialogue, but in their actions as well. You can see that especially with Dr. Eli.He's a funny man.What really made The Blue a gripping read though is its paramount writing style. It is enveloped in first-person narrative which allows readers to experience what it is like to be Derek. His impairment made this perspective even more unique because without recognizing faces he is unable to sense when danger, in the form of a crazed stalker, is right in front of him. At times, I wished I was able to tap him on the shoulder and steer him to safety. I guess that rectifies how attached I became to Derek. Another unique twist is that Derek is also a "bad guy". He is being charged for vehicular manslaughter. This outtake proved to be refreshing as I got to see how it felt to be held responsible for killing innocent people, to be frowned upon for something you vaguely remember. I liked that whenever a surviving relative is introduced, the atmosphere of the book fills with a tension that you can slice. This "victimizer" point of view was interesting.Another impressive element of The Blue is its expert use of figurative language. Honestly, I really looked forward to this in the book because of its predecessor, [sic]. The eponymous color motif is not hard to miss. It manifests itself in the sky, Derek's memory, and police uniforms. The significance of this motif is probably connected to the moral basis of the story, and I feel that Kelly probably has left it for us to further interpret. There is also compelling imagery. For instance, the description of the accident as it happened left me fearful. It really made the book open with a bang. Then there are the countless metaphors that make the most banal descriptions examples of beautiful prose.Once again, Kelly has left me questioning human nature, morality and life's spontaneity. What is wrong or right? Do we really need order if life is just a chaotic and deranged symphony? You might ask similar, thoughtful questions after delving into The Blue.Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-31 23:54

    This is one of the best novels I've read in a while. At first, we are sympathetic to Derek and the situation in which he finds himself. Then we begin to wonder. Then we are taken on a psychological ride as the author unfolds this story to us through Derek's thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It is skillfully written, and not a line is wasted in this book.The supporting characters are not particularly well-developed. While this could be seen as a shortcoming in the book, critics need to remember that we are seeing the world through Derek's experiences, and he can no longer recognize faces. The reader gets what he gets as he's seeing and experiencing it, so the lack of developed characterization leaves us with the slight discord that this main character experiences all the time. Instead of being a weakness, it helps us inhabit Derek's unsure world more fully.The description states this is a thriller about a crazed stalker. That is part of the book, but it doesn't give the full strength of this story. While the stalker is a significant part of the plot, this novel is also about a person learning to look in the mirror and come to terms with himself. This is a powerful story that brings to the fore all the shades of grey of a world that cannot be tidily summed up into black and white.

  • Jane Geddis
    2019-06-02 01:38

    You will be inside Derek's head from the first page. And Derek's head tunes in the world skewed off the center signal. The novel deals with memory, perception, alcoholism and crime. So do a lot of other novels. What sets "The Blue" apart is the first person narrative. Derek is a fully realized individual who after a car accident has little memory and suffers face blindness where he cannot recognize faces and can't tell his doctors apart, nor recognize his parents. He has people who want to kill him - the brother of a family killed in the car accident, where Derek may have been drunk. Someone is stalking him and even if he sees the stalker up close he can't recognize him. His father pays for an expert witness at his trial who may try to lie Derek's way to freedom. Even though Derek is not entirely likable, he does have a moral center to which he tries to cling. All of these characters float in and out like people in dreams. The feeling is claustrophobic. All cylinders work here in a character based novel that mixes popular themes in the right doses. PKD can rest easy novels like this carry his favorite themes forward.

  • Ubiquitousbastard
    2019-06-05 01:53

    Alright, so the premise might have interested me more if I hadn't already read a book about face blindness. As it was, this was pretty much just an average book to me. The plot was okay, not revolutionary but not too tired either. The characters were kind of...repulsive is the wrong word, but in that vein. Also, the sex scene was utterly unnecessary and super squicky, but maybe that's because I loathe graphic sex scenes in all their forms.Overall, this could have been better but it was an okay way to spend a little over two hours.

  • Mimi
    2019-05-27 05:30

    FAN-freaking-tastic read!! I loved and hated the main character Derek. The end came out of nowhere abruptly - I wasn't ready for it to be over. I could not put this down. Some gaps in story/characters, but did not affect how much I enjoyed this book. Definitely want to read more from this author.

  • Lori Weis coffman
    2019-06-13 03:42

    This novel had quite an interesting stream of consciousness narrative about it. You become sympathetic to Derek but are not entirely convinced of his guilt or innocence. Too many other players skew details of his experience. Quite refreshing and a quick read.

  • Carol Somers
    2019-06-20 23:56

    I just read that Bradd Pitt now claims to suffer from the same disease the main character in this book has. Hmmmm. Interesting. Anyway, I do recommend this book. Just now getting into this author.

  • Jenny
    2019-06-13 03:39

    This book was a conundrum for me. I really don't like Derek, but found what he was going through fascinating. Not my normal reading, but really good.

  • Tara
    2019-05-29 03:30

    A thriller easy to read. Couldn't put it down.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-31 22:36

    A nice read. Wasn't quite 100% with the end but I liked it and will read more from Scott Kelly.

  • Dylan Edwards
    2019-06-20 06:56

    Would have liked this a lot more if Scott Kelly had fleshed out the story ..though i really enjoyed reading Derek's story

  • Sara
    2019-06-23 05:28

    I highly recommend this book. Great writing and a plot that makes you not want to put it down. I read another book by Kelly and this one was even better. More for adults than [SIC]

  • Vladimir
    2019-06-21 04:44

    Interesting read. The ending was a bit below my expectations, but overall pretty good.

  • Phil Patterson
    2019-05-31 03:37

    Derek wakes up in hospital after a car crash which has killed a family and ended Derek face recognition abilities. A family member of the victims starts to stalk Derek seeking revenge while Derek stands trial not remembering faces of anybody. Finally Derek can move on and start making a living, no in casino job but as an artist.This is an exciting read with lots going on in it.

  • Laura Greenwood
    2019-06-13 04:53

    http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...Title: The Blue Author: Scott Kelly From: Amazon Release Date: 20th December 2012Genre: Contemporary Challenges: N/A Links: Goodreads - Amazon When failed artist, Derek, crashes his car into an oncoming van, he accidentally kills a family of three and leaves himself brain damaged. Unable to recognise the faces of anyone around him, regardless of if he loves them like his parents and ex-wife, Natalie, or fears them, like the Brother of the man he killed. Kept in the dark about everything except what his lawyer tells him, he faces trail and blame for the deaths. Though in the process of learning to cope with his face blindness, he discovers some things about himself too. The Blue was one of those books that was an impulse one click when it came up as free (thanks Bookbub). I thought it looked interesting and so picked it up. And I am so glad that I did. The Blue is like nothing I have ever read, part thriller, part look into the concept of human guilt. It was fascinating and really made me want to keep reading, even at the uncomfortable moments. At first I really wasn't sure what to make of Derek. As a main character I wanted to like him but found that at some points he wasn't a very likeable person, which ultimately made him more human. As the book went on I think he did get more likeable, especially when he was changing his life and exploring his guilt. The concept of the book worked really well for me. There was the question hanging over Derek of just how guilty he was for causing the accident. Though at his trial the issue was resolved, I do think that there was still a bit of a question revolving around if he was drunk at the time. I do like that if he was or wasn't didn't really make a difference to how he felt. His face blindness also added an interesting element to the story. As well as having to deal with his trial he had to deal with the fact that he couldn't recognise faces. This meant that he looked at people differently and actually helped him in some ways. The smaller cast of characters also helped with this. This was a really good read. Totally different but it just made me want to read and read and read!

  • Susan Laine
    2019-06-22 00:56

    3.75 stars. Face blindness along with blackouts? Now that is something we don't often see. With a killer stalking him, Derek is confused, afraid, and even guilty when he has no idea why someone he can't recognize would want him dead. Even though he is a murderer... sort of. A car accident has lead him to this. But was it his fault? This is just the premise of this story.This story made me uneasy the whole time, but in a good way. Since we're getting this story from Derek's first person point of view, we're left in the dark as much as he is. It's a nightmare. I felt antsy and weirded out for him and his ordeal. But... just like in Scott Kelly's other book, [sic], the main character may not be as heroic, brave and good as he seems at first. I guess no one ever is.The writing is clipped, as if the sentences are missing verbs sometimes. It was a bit distracting at first, but I got used to it. All in all, the writing is efficient and captivating. I found myself turning pages in a rush to find out what happens next. The pace is swift enough to keep you going, and there's a good mix of dialogue and inner monologue. Toward the end the latter intensifies as the truth of who he is comes a-calling.The facial blindness thing is handled well. Seeing someone, not recognizing them, then being told they're someone you know, have met before, know by name. So weird. I mean, not being able to recognize your own parents when they stand at your door, wow, that's just horrible. Getting confused by being treated by one and the same doctor instead of several is mild compared to that.Overall, this is a difficult story to take in. On the one hand, I feel for Derek, a sympathy that one feels for another human being suffering. On the other hand, I hate him, letting the guilt wash over him, drown him in drink--when that was what got him in trouble in the first place. And the ending? I know I won't call it a happy ending. Optimistic, maybe, but still terrible and unjust in many ways. Read it yourself to find out. Be prepared for high levels of angst.

  • Twobookworms
    2019-06-13 01:27

    I've never read a book about a touchy subject that made me think so much about my opinions as this book did. The Blue, by Scott Kelly is the kind of book that puts you in the head of a guy whose car skids across a highway median and collides with another car. He awakes out of a coma in the hospital as he is attacked by the brother of the man driving the other car, learning that not only the driver but one of the driver's two children in the car died on impact. The other is in the hospital not expected to live. The attacker tells him that he had been drinking. After getting out of the hospital the guy's first thing to do is to drink himself into a stupor to try to forget the guilt. He quickly finds out that he has a disorder in which he forgets faces and he can't even recognize his own parents due to his injury. The brother of the dead driver stalks him, threatens him, tries to kill him, but this guy can't recognize him because of the injury. Questions arise as to whether this guy was actually drinking and whether the accident was actually his fault, and even whether he was actually drinking before he drove his car. If he was drinking but not drunk and the car would have gone out control regardless of his state, would it still be drunk driving? Would it still be his fault? It's a great book. If you have strong feelings about this issue, this book will make you think long and hard about what you feel and whether you have empathy for the main character.

  • Richa
    2019-06-17 05:29

    I loved this book!!It has been quite a while since I read a real good book and this one, fits exactly into the definition of an 'excellent book'.I consider myself lucky since the author offered this book free for a limited time (I checked. It isn't free anymore) and I landed a copy. One of the few times I haven't missed a good opportunity.I love court room dramas. This book is a wonderful one. But, its more than just a courtroom drama.It is deep, abstract, funny, witty, profound, philosophical and endearing. I couldn't help but feel bad for the culprit and angry at the victims. The entire emotional response was twisted on its head and I must commend Mr Kelly for achieving that.I had thought that no one could match up to Erle Stanley Gardner where legal fiction is concerned. Well, I stand corrected. Mr Kelly not only matched up, but surpassed the giant.Thank you Scott Kelly! Looking forward to more of your work.

  • Bandit
    2019-06-19 22:26

    It's tough to maintain the same sort of expectations for random kindle freebies as one might have for major company published books by known authors. But this wasn't much of a gamble since I've read Scott Kelly before and was reasonably entertained, despite the YA aspect of it all. This book is definitely more of an adult oriented story, including the cast adult characters, the main one gets into a terrible car crash, from which he walks away (with the imprecisely named face blindness)and the other party involved doesn't...hence the court case, hence the legal drama. Nothing really spectacular here, but the author did a really solid job with descriptions (particularly conveying the disorientation and confusion of not being able to tell one person from another, something that almost everyone takes for granted) and pacing, making for a quick (two and a half hours) lean diverting read. Fun enough.

  • Shari443
    2019-06-08 00:36

    This is a book about a man who gets into an car accident and 3 people in the other vehicle are killed. The man in the first vehicle goes into a coma and when he wakes he finds that he cannot remember the time before the accident and also cannot recognize anyone's face anymore. The brother of the family he killed is trying to kill him and the main character finds that he cannot recognize the face of the man who wants to see him dead. This was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. The ending seemed abrupt to me and that was a disappointment. Would recommend it.

  • Helen Djemal
    2019-06-11 06:36

    The first time I have read this author's books. For someone who writes in his 'spare time', this is an excellent story. I literally could not put it down until I'd read the lot. The main character, Derek, has an experience that none of us would like to endure, causing the death, by accident or otherwise, of innocent people, and then to be subjected to violent harassment by members of the deceased's family. I could literally feel this man's pain and confusion, as well as understanding the depth of grief of the family. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.

  • Barbara L. Rose
    2019-06-06 02:44

    A different type of storyI found Mr Kelly's book offered on Kindle unlimited. I am not a specific genre reader, so I decided to give him a try. What I found was a very well written thought provoking story. A book to entertain and make you think. He is listed as a young suspense writer, but I am in my sixties and really enjoyed this work. His characters are well developed yet flawed as we all are. This book would make good book club discussion. Thank you Mr. Kelly for a very good read. I will look for more by this author.

  • Uma Aiyer
    2019-06-05 03:26

    I like the writing style. A lot. But it's unfortunate that the story didn't pan out too well. And the fact that the characters were so loosely written was just sad. I wanted to know more about Natalie... Was there a story to the rose tattoo? One that involved her getting sober maybe? A little more about the Brother would have been useful... Was he military? Or just a punk? It's most likely that this book isn't more highly rated because the story was (sort of) incomplete. I'm going to sign up for his newsletter though and see if his next book will be more fun. Cheers!

  • Sue
    2019-06-15 04:38

    Derek suffers from a condition called face blindness, in which he cannot recognize anyone - family, friends, foes- no matter, no recognition. This really screws with him due to fact he obtained this from a head injury from a drunk driving accident in which he killed others. He is hunted by family members of the deceased, and at the same time is trying to deal with accepting himself and what has been done. Dark read. But held my interest.

  • Jenna
    2019-06-06 23:39

    Awesome thrillerI found this to be just another great Kelly story, as I have read several. But this one was far different from the others I've read... it not only keeps you engaged but makes you wonder what's going to happen next. Although the ending wasn't what I'd expected but it did leave on a happy note. For something out of the ordinary to read this is a definite must, and very gritty indeed.

  • Akeiisa
    2019-06-19 00:26

    The Blue opens with the slow motion, minutia of a car accident in which the narrator, Derek, may or may not have been drunk. When he wakens from a coma, Derek is confronted with possible criminal charges, an angry brother of the family he hit, and an inability to recognize faces. This story mostly fell flat for me. The face blind painter felt gimmicky and there were no redeeming qualities to be found in this anti-hero tale full of flawed people.

  • Lucinda
    2019-06-22 03:55

    Imagine waking up from an accident and not being about to recognise faces, even your own? What a scary premise for an interesting story. The main character is not exactly likeable but, as the story is written in first person, you can go through the fear and confusion with him. I found the ending to be a bit abrupt though. 3.5 stars

  • Kathi Defranc
    2019-06-20 05:45

    Very interesting book, about a man who has an accident that kills people in the car he hits,how he tries to remember what happened, the feelings of the family left with members gone and how they all try to work out their problems in different manners. Makes you wonder what you would do ,how you would react yourself if you had to manage the thoughts in your head,of guilt,fear,unknowing....

  • Heather
    2019-06-07 04:46

    What a horrible brain injury!! Derek was drinking and caused a car accident (or was it the nail?). The people in the other vehicle were killed and Derek received a injury that damaged the part of his brain that recognizes faces. That would totally suck not to recognize anyone--not mom or dad, of the guy trying to kill you, or even yourself. Enjoyed the book.